Black Forest Tours at Carneval

Guided Day Tour

We offer experiences that are custom-tailored to you – worry-free, hassle-free and (if desired) non-touristy. With our Guided Tour (its not just another tour) the goal is not another budget tour, but rather to create an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience that is priceless. Come and see the real Black Forest, as only locals can show you.


Black Forest

Start / End

freiburg, Offenburg


sightseeing, easy walking




1 day

Guided Day Tour

spring, summer, fall
1 day

Touring with a private guide is the best way to see the Black Forest. A local tour guide (often myself) will show you the area. You get the local insights and don’t have to worry or read up about anything – we take care of it all. Guided tours usually start at your hotel in town or at the train station. We then head into the Black Forest to see and do the things you want to see and do. The guided tour will be custom-designed for you – by me. No tour is like another.

  • Your specific wants and needs
  • Find the hidden gems
  • Get the inside-scoop
  • Experience like a local
  • choose duration (half day, all day, several days)
  • choose start & end points
  • choose themes
  • choose activities & sights

Its Your Agenda

Your Guided Tour is unique and customized to your specific desires, needs and fitted to your particular travel style. You choose start & end points of your tour, and the duration of your tour. Themes you are interested in, Activities you would love to do, Sights you would like to see.

Our Guided tours can be booked as half day tours or full day tours.

What Is A Guided Tour Like?

Everyone is unique and your visit to The Black Forest will be unique too. I listen to your wants and needs, then provide options from which you can choose what to see and at a pace appropriate for you – so that you can experience The Black Forest like a local. I organize tours one-day-at-a-time that fit your particular travel style. You can even change your mind. This is your vacation. We want you to enjoy it.

Watch this short video Rick Steves made while we were touring The Black Forest together (published with permission of R.Steves):

Can’t I tour the Black Forest on my own?

Do-it-yourself touring of The Black Forest is not easy.  While The Black Forest is one of Germany’s biggest holiday region, English is not widely spoken. Even many popular tourist attractions do not offer English instructions or explanations. The target audience is German.

You may have tried piecing together destinations mentioned online, using a GPS to get from point to point in a rental car, only to find, just like a fine meal – just because you bought all the mentioned ingredients, it doesn’t mean the dish is tasty.

There are plenty of good books. But as an experienced traveller you already know that tour guide books try to be comprehensive, and by necessity, put you on a superficial path where you find all the other tourists who are using the same guide book. That’s not how you find special experiences.

Is it for me?

If you do not see yourself buying a cookie-cutter tour or vacation package in which you are on a bus with 49 other tourists; stopping at every road-side attraction whether you want to or not, with hectic deadlines, eating when and where everybody else eats. Then my Guided Tour is for you!



There is no such thing as a typical tour. All our guided tours are customized to your exact wants and needs.

If you book a Guided Tour with us we start out by sending you a questionnaire. From that we start building your itinerary. We are usually flexible up until the very last moment of your tour. So we can pay attention to the weather and other important things happening on the day of your visit.

Good to Know

  • Guides: (Knowledgable, English Speaking, Certified by the Black Forest Park Association, Members of the German National Tourist Guide Association (BVGD)
  • Drivers:  licensed & insured
  • Vehicle 
  • Parking fees included
  • Tolls and other road fees included
  • Distance & fuel costs included
  • Meals, drinks,  wine tasting fees 
  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Transfers/transportation to your chosen starting point outside of our area (Freiburg)
  • Luxury vehicle upgrade
  • Guided Tours are usually available from mid-May to mid-October.
  • Please contact us in advance* to find out if a tour can be organized on the day of your visit. (*We are usually not able to offer same-day tours as our tours are often booked-out far in advance)
  • We offer half day tours and all day tours
  • Don’t have that much time? In some cases we can also accommodate a shorter tour of 3 or 4 hours, please inquire.
  • Please email us your specific tour request (size of group, desired tour length, etc) so we can provide you with an exact price for your itinerary
  • Our prices are all inclusive. Our drivers are paid by the hour. If you enjoyed your tour, our driver certainly appreciate a tip – but it is NOT expected.
  • Our Guided tours usually start from Freiburg.
  • We can often also accommodate you if you are staying in Baden-Baden and Offenburg and don’t want to take the train to Freiburg to meet us. Please inquire

Be aware of scams. German law is very strict with reference to commercial transportation of passengers. It requires all commercial passenger transportation to be handled by licensed operators. Driver guides as well as transport services of any kind are required by law to have a commercial passenger transportation license and insurance coverage for cars and passengers.

If you see discounted rates for driver guides in Germany be aware!  You can easily tell whether a car is licensed to carry passengers or not. All licensed vehicles are supposed to display a number on the rear window of their car. (‘Ordnungsnummer’ in German). It is either a blue sticker (chauffeur service) or yellow sticker (cab service). If  you  don’t a sticker you are most likely touring with an unlicensed vehicle. The stickers are displayed in the right corner of the rear window:


You are in good hands with us. We are licensed and fully insured. ( Genehmigung nach §49 PBefG mit Mietwagen für die gewerbliche Personenbeförderung ).


Our Vehicles are

  • Safe and Clean Vehicles
  • All vehicles pass strict mechanical inspection by the German TÜV (Technical Security Association)
  • Vehicles have passenger transport insurance
  • Drivers have a passenger transportation license
  • Vehicle we use: Volvo & Mercedes. ( inquire about upgrading to luxury vehicles)
  • Air-conditioned vehicles
  • Smoking is not permitted in our vehicles
  • We strongly advise clients not to eat or drink on board
  • Mobile phone charger on board
  • Wi-Fi on board (some vehicles)
  • Umbrellas on board
  • Bottled water on board
  • Child safety seats included
  • Parking fees included
  • Tolls and other road fees included
  • Distance & fuel costs included


Where you will be touring

Guided Tour Black Forest

See what some of our customers say who have done this tour before:

Black Forest Tours
Average rating:  
 197 reviews
 by Krista B
10/10 Tour!!!

We didn’t know much about the Black Forest before coming to Germany, but Simone did an incredible job showing us the Black Forest and sharing all of the hidden gems along the way! Highly recommend! She took the time to make the experience personal. She’s absolutely fantastic!

 by Andrew

Simone was able to show us a LOT in just one day. We saw some famous black forest areas (like Titisee and the big Cuckoo clock) as well as a number of places off the beaten path. It was a great time and she is a pleasure to travel with for a day.

 by Alis T

We booked a private tour with Black Forest Tours as part of a weeklong trip to the Black Forest. I have to admit I was a bit weary as private guides are expensive and you never know quite what you're going to get. However, we really need not have worried.

After completing a form asking what kind of experience we were after, our guide, Simone, delivered a perfect day out. She took us to places we would never have thought of going, patiently answered endless questions about the Black Forest and Germany, and recommended a fantastic walk for us to do the next day (and even sent us detailed instructions on how to get there and back). To top it all off, the weather was absolutely superb.

I would recommend thinking through what you really want to get out of the tour in advance and being honest with the guide as possible (for us that was more 'normal' life and scenery, less cuckoo clocks and historic dates). In the end, we got a fantastic insight into life in the Black Forest and a tour which felt more like a friend was showing us around a place that she loves and wants to share with visitors than a standard tour. Thank you Simone!

 by Susan C

Spent a lovely day touring the beautiful Black Forest with Simone. Prior to our trip, Simone reached out to us to determine our interests, and on the morning of the tour we sat for a few minutes and discussed likes and dislikes. She gave us a quick explanation of history of the area and provided some cultural references. Then off we went, and the tour was exactly what we hoped it would be. We left with a greater appreciation of the area, a desire to return and do one of Simone’s hiking tours, and newfound appreciation for hazelnut schnapps!

 by eaeakoz

We loved everything about this tour. They arrived on time at our hotel to pick us up and dropped us back off at our hotel when done. Iris was our guide and she was wonderful. She provided so much information & history of the Black Forest while taking us on a tour of the beautiful sights based on our questionaire responses. Benji, our drive, was wonderful as well. He was also our driver the following day, who took us to Rothenburg and we were so happy that it was him! Iris took us to a local market where we purchased food for a lunch picnic at the base of a castle ruin overlooking the Black Forest. The day was abosultely perfect! We would highly recommend Simone and her Black Forest Tours. Simone was in constant contact with me during our 4 year planning process. This trip was originally booked before Covid and had to be cancelled. Simone's communication is excellent!

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